I don't dread anything about the holidays, I love the holidays. We buy what we can afford, so we don't break the budget, and our kids know better then to throw fits over toys, so thats never been a problem. We enjoy ourselves, spend time as a family, do fun things, I don't worry about parties being perfect or cometing with others. It's a fun, stressfree time with my family.
I am the worst gift giver on the face of the planet. Hate buying gifts for people. Hate the idea that I "have" to buy gifts for people. Why can't people just spend what they would spend on buying me a gift, get something for them and we can just call it even. I hate the holidays. Hate everything about it.